Monthly Archives: September 2014

Angola Designers Showcase at Fashion Gallery for NYFW-2014

On the last day of Fashion Gallery NYFW, Angola International Fashion Show was showcasing four designers that day. First up was a Dina Simao Spring/Summer 2015 collection, where zebra print was the main choice of animal print put together with rich, vibrant colors.

Dina Simão was born in the province of Luanda-Norte in Angola and came to Portugal in the 1980s where she started her international career as a dancer. Dina Simão’s varied career has included working as a dancer and dance teacher, a storyteller and model. She has also developed her own fashion range, has organized community development projects and managed international events. Her work has always been inspired by her African heritage and a desire to promote the talents of the various ethnic communities in Portugal.

Next up was designer Yhaniqua Lopes Spring/Summer 2015 collection where you can instantly see the ethnic prints with a Bible scripture “Proverbs 31:30” jumping at you in every piece coming down the runway . It was clearly evident that African print had a strong influence and a direct inspiration on this designer.

Yhaniqua Lopes is an African inspired clothing line that combines the beautiful roots of Africa with the natural elegance of a woman. Her designs attract strong, confident, edgy, chic and sophisticated women because of its elegant silhouette, wearable to work and night events. Her motto: Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Following after was a young Caribbean designer, Janay Reymond of Feelo ‘je Swimwear 2015 collections. The talented designer instantly grabbed the audience with a gold two piece swimsuit and had us until the last swimsuit piece. The rest of the swimwear were filled with bright bold colors of pinks, blues, greens, orange, and yellow associated with cut-out mesh monokinis to high waisted two piece to criss-cross from front to back one piece swimsuits. It was an experience that I think had the audience including myself in awe.

And lastly, the designer Moreira Lucrecia gave double feature of Menswear and Womenswear all in one runway collection. However what stole the show was her womenswear collection of mixed pattern designs with complimentary colors you think would be too much but interestingly enough work so well together.

Trindad Designers Show case at Fashion Gallery for NYFW-2014

World Liberty TV fashion team had the opportunity to view the Trinidad & Tobago themed collections from various designers – some being from T&T themselves. For entertainment, this event had Trinidad & Tobago dancers at the beginning and at the end of the show.

There were seven fashion designers: Charmaine Spicer, Adrian Foster, Kyle Mates, Hector Omar, Delia Alleyne, Ayasa Afi, and Simone Young. They all showcased great couture-inspired clothing with a Caribbean island feel.

Interview with Gregory Moore organizer of NYFW Events For Fashion Gallery-2014

Fashion Gallery NYFW at the Hellen Mills Theater was once again an amazing success with the designers’ line up collections. Fashion Gallery is known for creating intimate shows where industry folks can network and connect with other like-minded individuals.

World Liberty TV fashion team was on hand for a few of the emerging designers from the theme Designer’s Premier. The show started out with designer Felicity Brown for Hats by Felicity, and then Alex Vinash, House of Sadia, Charu Lochan Dass, Lisu Vega, Victor Esquilin, Bea Rodriquez Suarez and Tiki Glam finished out the Designer’s Premier runway. All the designers’ collections showcased well crafted clothing and accessories.

The Fashion Gallery NYFW pulled together a very creative and professional fashion event.

The iGlobal Forum 2nd Specialty Finance Summit 2014

iGlobal Forum is pleased to announce the 2nd Specialty Finance Summit – a deal-sourcing event, where investors meet potential targets and potential acquirers for their businesses, and issuers share best practice with their peers to generate new funding opportunities. Activity in the specialty finance sector continues to grow, and BDCs in particular are raising substantial amounts of capital. With the rise of peer-to-peer lending, money is pouring into the unsecured consumer finance space, and new technologies and strategies are being developed to facilitate this deal flow. Increased competition is compressing yields, and encouraging many investors to look at off-the-run asset classes. Regulatory uncertainty is keeping the cost of funds high and market participants on edge. The Summit will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with over 150 of the leading specialty finance companies, private equity firms, hedge funds, wealth management firms, senior lenders and asset managers.

About iGlobal
iGlobal provides exclusive networking events for qualified top-level senior executives only. Their events are attended by selected corporate CEOs, senior management, business entrepreneurs as well as representatives from non-profit and government organizations.

The mission of iGlobal Forum is to connect business executives across the same industry and provide an exchange platform for education and strategic relationships. They concentrate their events on the most pressing business issues across a number of industries, and they attendees get the opportunity to meet face-to-face and network with the leading experts in the field.

They provide clients with superior quality business information, access to senior executive decision-makers from leading organizations and a platform to network and benchmark the latest industry trends, technological and regulatory developments. iGlobal also offers coaching development and training solutions to facilitate business change and organizational development. With their dynamic blend of value adds, they keep our clients connected long after their events have ended. They connect to form a perfectly cohesive, expertly executed brand that brings the most thought-out events to the market.\

World Liberty TV had the opportunity to be invited to the summit and the pleasure of interviewing Anna Ivanova, the managing partner for iGlobal Forum.

NYFW: Pamella Roland Spring 2015 Runway Show

Pamella Roland’s Spring 2015 collection was a show not to be missed and clearly the fashion enthusiasts agreed because it was packed to capacity. Then the models started walking down the runway and it was evident, Ms. Pamella thought of every occasion you would need to wear one of her pieces – including a surprising but gorgeous, modern wedding gown at the end. Every piece going down the runway had something uniquely subtle to offer that stylish woman who doesn’t want to dress over the top. The color palette started from classic whites and neutrals to light pastels and delicate floral prints with shades of blue that stood out instantly, reminding you of springtime. This year, once again, there was at least one favorite piece each of us girls was coveting.

Pamella DeVos, President and Designer of PAMELLA ROLAND, channels her artistic appreciation and creativity into all of her collections, finding inspiration throughout her life and the world at large. Pamella designs for a confident woman with exceptional taste – one who demands a versatile wardrobe in which she feels polished and impeccable without forsaking her sensuality and femininity. Pamella strives to create clothes that allow women to comfortably exude their strength and beauty, while projecting innate elegance.

PAMELLA ROLAND debuted its Fall 2002 collection to a warm reception from critics and buyers alike. That positive response has grown significantly to the present, making PAMELLA ROLAND a label of choice among retailers and A-list celebrities. The collection also received the prestigious 2003 Gold Coast Award in just its second year of operation. In 2010 Pamella was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Exclusive interview with Beverly Johnson Black Supermodel- 2014

World Liberty TV fashion team had the pleasure of interviewing Beverly Johnson at the Emerge Fashion Show where she was honored for this year’s Fashion Innovator Award.
Born into a middle-class family in Buffalo, New York, Johnson was a champion swimmer in her youth and aspired to be a lawyer. She was studying political science at Northeastern University when she tried modeling. She quickly landed an assignment with Glamour and began working steadily. She went on to appear on more than 500 magazine covers, including her groundbreaking Vogue cover in August 1974. Her appearance on the cover changed the beauty ideal in US fashion, and by 1975, every major American fashion designer had begun using African-American models.

In addition to modeling, Johnson has also written a book, Beverly Johnson’s Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty, and embarked on an acting career. She has also had roles in the films Ashanti (1979), The Meteor Man (1993), Def Jam’s How to Be a Player (1997), and Crossroads (2002). She has appeared in guest spots on several television series, including Law & Order, Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman, the Parent ‘Hood and the Super Bowl episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1998). She served for two seasons as a celebrity judge on the TV Land series She’s Got the Look, a reality series, where women over 35 compete for a modeling contract and magazine spread. At the start of the series in 2008, Johnson shared that she and other models had suffered from anorexia and bulimia during her career. She had a brief singing career, releasing one album in 1979 on Buddah Records.

Johnson has been a longtime hair and beauty influencer. Beginning with the Beverly Johnson Eyewear Signature Collection in Sears Optical (1991-2002) to her Beverly Johnson Wig and Hair Extension Signature Collection (1996-2011), she was among the first supermodels to cross into the business of fashion. Partnered with Amekor, she launched the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection, a line of wigs and hair products for the African-American market. In 2010, she introduced a line of restorative and styling hair care products to Target. She currently runs Beverly Johnson Enterprises, a company that produces hair extensions.

New York Week Fashion and Jewelry Designer Showcases-2014

Mauricio Alpizar “Summer Nights” S/S 2015 @ Bocca Di Bacco Restaurant

Mauricio is a Costa Rican born, naturalized Australian who designs beautiful clothing with custom made prints and designs. Born in Costa Rica but living in Perth for almost 20 years, Mauricio Alpizar posses an intriguing mix of cultures that shines through his creations. He moved to Perth in 1995 to pursue an already successful career in dance and choreography. Just under 5 years ago Mauricio’s creative energies began to move from dance to fashion. His artistic background is evident in every garment he creates, fusing his passion for culture, movement and art.

Mauricio’s new collection, was comprised of 25-30 pieces and has been inspired by the romantic shapes of the 50s and 60s; his main muse for the collection being Sophia Loren. This was a sophisticated collection with flattering silhouettes to elongate the body. Abstract prints and detailed beading entice the eye, and are all strategically placed on the luxurious silks and chiffons to allow the wearer comfort as well as luxury. Mauricio’s signature is his incredible hand crafted and beautiful prints, which he designs, and silk-screens himself. This season’s prints and colors have been inspired by the Mediterranean seas and will take you for a journey through the vivid and colorful region.

Patricia Morales Jewelry Show @ Ted Gibson Salon

Hair Stylist and Jewelry Designer Patricia Morales is respected for her passion, technical ability, and artful eye. Whether she’s creating the now iconic “hair bow” for Lady Gaga, giving Zach Quinto a punk blue streak, or braiding headphones for Fergie, Patricia is constantly playing with new ideas and twisting old classics. Her work has appeared in fashion publication such as Vanity Fair, L’uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazar, GQ, Details, and V Magazine.
Patricia recently launched a collection of crown jewelry reminiscent of ‘90s Pop, Marie Antoinette Glamour and Chola culture. The collection is comprised of gold, silver and jewel encrusted combs, crowns and custom made pieces.

Interview with Kirk Hubbard, III CEO of Reyn Spooner Designs from Hawaii- 2014

World Liberty TV fashion team had the pleasure of interviewing Kirk Hubbard, the CEO of the Hawaiian clothing company called Reyn Spooner.

With a name that has become synonymous with the classic, Hawaiian Aloha shirt, the Reyn Spooner apparel brand has been gracing the scene since 1956, when it was originally known as Spooners of Waikiki. Back then, it was a much smaller operation that specialized in custom swim trunks.

Reyn’s founder Reyn McCullough started the store on California’s Catalina Island in 1949. He soon brought his first retail store to Hawaii in Honolulu’s Ala Moana Center as one of its original tenants. “Reyn worked closely with Spooners of Waikiki, and they decided to collaborate into [clothing brand] Reyn Spooner in 1962,” Hubbard says. Today, in addition to their own Hawaii retail stores, the apparel brand Reyn Spooner can be found throughout the U.S. in specialty and better department stores, internationally as well as online.

“It is true that in Hawaii, time has a way of stopping. Our way of life here has roots in the ancient, with nature and in Hawaiian culture. We are committed to enhancing the past by bringing our lifestyle right to you. We’ve been in business since 1956 using unique archival prints, exclusive vintage artwork, and work of celebrated artists to evoke the island life in our famous Classic & Modern Shirts. Try our special reverse print shirts that have a warmly-weathered-by-the sun worn quality to them. Add in our shorts and tees that embrace your casual and busy world. You will learn to live in the shirts and swimwear that are comfortable and tailor-made for you. So take your time (think island time) and see for yourself what is truly authentic. Hawaii will always be our source of inspiration and fine garment detailing will always be our tradition.”

PLITZS NYC Fashion Week Emerging Designers’ Showcase Part 1

This year’s PLITZS Designer Showcase at Hotel Pennsylvania, at the Grand Ballroom and began September 4, 2014 at 12 noon through 8pm.

PLITZS New York City Fashion Week “Designer Showcase Presentation” offers a select few talented emerging designers an opportunity to affordably showcase their collections in a professionally produced presentation during the week of New York Fashion Week without breaking their annual budget.

In 2004, PLITZS Fashion Marketing founded the “PLITZS New York City Fashion Week”. Working with international and domestic emerging fashion designers – they provide showcasing opportunities, brand exposure, networking and only charges “approved emerging fashion designers” a nominal designer package fee ranging from $300, $700 and $1,700.

Their mission is to continue to maintain PLITZS New York City Fashion Week “Designer Showcase Presentation” as the premier fashion event in New York City that offers designers an opportunity to broaden their fan base through multi-channel marketing and exposure to consumers, general public, retailers, buyers and the media.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Tadashi Shoji Spring 2015

Tadashi Shoji, the founder and chief designer of the Tadashi Shoji collection was born and raised in Sendai, Japan. He began painting and drawing from a young age and eventually moved to Tokyo, where he studied fine art. His talent was soon recognized and he was recommended for an apprenticeship with Japan’s leading contemporary artist, Jiro Takamatsu, who was credited with paving the way for the modern art movement in Japan during the sixties.

Today, the Tadashi Shoji collection is globally recognized and loved by devoted women ranging from busy working mothers to red carpet gracing celebrities. With his original designs and innovative collections, women regardless of shape or size are inspired to showcase their beauty and walk in confidence. It is this belief that drives Tadashi Shoji and his namesake brand. Employing expert techniques in draping, ruching and shutter pleats, each garment is masterfully tailored to flatter all figures.

For the spring 2015 Collection, Mr. Shoji created intricate detailing paired with playful transparencies. Insets of chain mesh on tulle ornament the bodices and sleeves and multi-colored jeweled embellishments are inspired by Millefiori glass. Sheer mesh necklines give the illusion of floating dresses. Softly sculpted silhouettes are introduced with unexpected twists. A glowing palette of pastels featuring frosted jade, pink shadow, and blue stone with a sprinkle of black floral motif lace are what filled his collection. His collection was soft, sensual, and polished for any woman who loves and is accustomed to Tadashi’s feminine cuts and silhouettes.

World Liberty TV Fashion team was on hand to experience the Tadashi Shoji Spring 2015 Collections.

GBK Gifting Suite event During New York City Fashion Week-2014

GBK Productions is Marketing, Public Relations, Fundraising and Special Events Company dedicated to providing high quality, tailor-made service to its individual clients.

GBK is known for integrating the Entertainment, Luxury Consumer Products and Non-Profit industries to create unique and memorable high-profile experiences that maximize its clients’ brand-building efforts.

Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Event Production, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Though separate, each entity is interconnected allowing clients/brands a full range of marketing services and benefits.
At this event there were various exciting sponsors such as Pilot Pen, Hard Candy, Jane Basch Jewelry, Michael Todd True Organics, Brow Art 23, Skinny & Co. and the charity, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research – just to name a few.

World Liberty TV fashion team was on hand to learn more about the sponsors and try out their company products.

Couture Fashion Show Case in New York City Fashion Week -2014

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and parties. The event is held twice a year in New York City and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique promotional opportunities for luxury products and services.

World Liberty TV was on hand for Couture Fashion Week.